Atlanta people and places

The “Stranger Things” trailer will have you counting the days until Halloween

6:18 am Jul. 23, 2017

Actually, you only have to count down to Oct. 27. That’s when the second season of Atlanta-filmed “Stranger Things” – up for 18 Emmys – rolls out.

(Good move, Netflix – we’d all be so busy binge-watching that no one would answer the door for trick or treaters if Oct. 31 was the air date).

MORE: Our interview with “Stranger Things” cast member Shannon Purser

“Stranger Things” star spotted in

Crash survivor stresses the importance of distraction-free driving

9:54 am Jul. 22, 2017

No matter what states you’ve motored through on your summer road trips, or perhaps just commuting around town, you’re bound to have seen those official Department of Transportation signs reminding you that texting and driving can be deadly (and, in many places, is illegal).

Molly Welch hopes you’ll absorb the meaning, and that you’ll keep your eyes on the road.

The 2005 Milton High School graduate was a junior journalism major

Malaysia bans Justin Bieber “Despacito” remix, citing offense to Islam

7:59 am Jul. 21, 2017

Justin Bieber’s remix of “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, propelled the infectious hit to global dominance as the most streamed track of all time: 4.6 billion plays and counting.

But Malaysia’s officially not having it. State-run television and radio stations yanked the track after officials said people were complaining about the song’s racy lyrics.

“‘The lyrics are not suitable to be heard,” Malaysia’s Minister of Information and Communications Salleh Said Keruak

O.J. Simpson: “I’ve basically lived a conflict-free life”

1:28 pm Jul. 20, 2017

BREAKING: O.J. Simpson has been granted parole

During his parole board hearing in Lovelock, Nev. Thursday, O.J. Simpson talked about courses he’s taken while in custody, said he’s been called on to mediate disputes and said he helped his fellow inmates get a Baptist church service started there. He attends it religiously, he said, noting the pun was intended.

He said he’s a good guy who’s never been accused of pulling a gun on

So, it turns out Kim Kardashian is actually Chrissy Teigen

6:12 am Jul. 20, 2017

Imagine being Kim Kardashian and finding out you are actually Chrissy Teigen.

BuzzFeed, the site known for both silly quizzes and serious journalism, like the exhaustively reported article looking into allegations about R&B star R. Kelly, made it happen.

A quiz devised by Deputy Celebrity Editor Lindsay Farber asked “Are You More Kim Kardashian Or Chrissy Teigen?” and rendered verdicts based on respondents’ choice of snacks, shoes, pets, second homes, nail polish

HBO plans alt-history series “Confederate,” where the South succeeds

5:15 pm Jul. 19, 2017

HBO plans to launch “Confederate,” a series set in some alternate universe where the South successfully secedes from the Union and stays there, “giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution,” Deadline reports.

The actual Civil War ended in 1865, leaving more than 600,000 Union and Rebel troops dead. See the AJC’s interactive project, War In Our Backyards, for an